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2-10 April 2021 / Mussanah, Oman

2021 Mussanah Open Championship

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KC Ganapathy and Varun Thakkar (IND) chasing down Akira Sakai with Russel Alysworth (HKG)

Ganapathy Chengappa with Varun Thakkar (IND) have won the Mussanah Open Championship, and with it a berth in the Tokyo Olympic games by the narrowest of margins. Just two points separated them from the chasing Akira Sakai with Russel Alysworth (HKG) who did all they could by winning the final four races of the regatta including the medal race. 

For India, who haven’t been to the Olympics in 49er since 2004 this represents a breakthrough moment for what has been a big effort in skiff sailing in the nation. Both the Army and Navy squads have been working hard at 49er for more than eight yeas, and to win such a close regatta will feel sweet for them.

In total, 7 different teams won races in the 49er from India, Hong Kong, Oman, China, South Africa, Korea, and China. Additionally, the Whitcraft brothers from Thailand finished fifth with a strong scoreline. It was a very competitive event and after sixteen races in a variety of conditions a great contest to see who would wind the final Olympic berth.

Benji Daniel with Alex Burger (RSA) finished fifth and earn the African berth for Tokyo. They must now convince their national selectors they should get to go to Tokyo, and if they are not added to the South African team their place will fall to the American’s based on being the next best team from the Auckland 2019 Worlds.

In the 49erFX it was a well earned victory for Chen Shasha and Ye Jin (CHN) who won six races and finished second in another six races to secure a seven point victory over Molly Highfield and Sandy Choi (HKG). The Chinese squad has come on strong in the past couple of years, mostly training in a growing domestic circuit and clearly the level they are sailing at is coming on well.

For Hong Kong there must be disappointment after coming in second in both fleets. The Hong Kong teams have been pushing hard in recent years so missing out on Tokyo after coming so close will be a disappointing end to this Tokyo run.

Tunisia earns the final 49erFX berth despite finishing only six of the sixteen races.

The 49er Class would like to extend our thanks to the Oman Sail team who did a wonderful job in organizing the regatta on short notice and to a very high standard. The sailors have worked so hard to try and get to Tokyo, and deserved a fair shot at winning the Olympic berth on the water, which they got this week thanks to the hard work of our hosts.

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Oman at a Glance

Perched on the southeast coast of the Arabian Peninsula, the Sultanate of Oman’s stark beauty and vastly contrasting landscapes have enchanted growing numbers of tourists each year.  With its magnificent desert, secret oases and  breathtaking mountain ranges, Oman is an alluring destination. A tropical underwater paradise lies beneath the turquoise sea, caressing the white sandy beaches that adorn the country’s stunning 3,165 km coastline.  

Alongside this natural wealth is Oman’s rich culture, which blends with modern infrastructure and historical features that span over 7,000 years. Grand forts, exquisite palaces and mystical souqs are sights to behold in the capital, Muscat. A visit to Oman makes you feel right at home from the time you arrive, until the moment you leave. The Sultanate is full of opportunities for adventure, including fascinating tours with an Arabian flavour.  

Oman’s coastline is a paradise for explorers. Its abundance of wildlife includes whales, dolphins, turtles, seahorses, and flamingos. Underwater, its incredible marine life is found close to the water’s surface.  

 

 

 

 

The mountains cover approximately 15% of the country’s land mass. Oman’s main mountain range is the 10,000 foot Al Hajar, which runs from Musandam in the North to the extreme limit of the Arabian Peninsula, Ras Al Had.  

 

 

 

 

Sands and deserts occupy the remaining area; these include two large sand deserts – The Wahiba Sands known as Rimalat Al Wahiba and part of the Empty Quarter (Rub Al Khali). Here you can learn about Bedouin culture, camp under a dome of stars and experience the beauty of dawn in the desert.

 

 

 

Oman is known for its tropical climate whilst still subject to seasonal changes. From October through April, the Sultanate offers a lovely climate, with an average temperature of 23 degrees C. Combined with welcoming hospitality, warm seas and stunning landscapes, you can see why tourism in Oman is a growing industry.